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Burton (UK Parliament constituency)

Burton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


This constituency covers most of the East Staffordshire district. The main town is Burton upon Trent, while it also includes Uttoxeter, Tutbury and Rocester. The remaining small part of East Staffordshire (the area around Abbots Bromley and Yoxall) is in the Lichfield constituency.

Boundary review

Following a review by the Boundary Commission for England, at the next general election the boundaries of the Burton constituency will be amended slightly, with the Needwood ward (containing the village of Barton-under-Needwood) being transferred to the Lichfield constituency.


The constituency was formed in 1885. From 1950 until 1997, the seat was held by the Conservative Party; the brewing industry of Burton upon Trent traditionally being a strong supporter of the Conservatives. However, like many traditionally Conservative seats, it fell to the Labour Party during their landslide victory at the 1997 general election. Labour's Janet Dean has held the seat since then.

Members of Parliament

Election Member Party
1885 Sir Michael Bass, 1st Baronet Liberal
1886 Sydney Evershed Liberal
1900 Robert Frederick Ratcliff Liberal Unionist
1912 Conservative
1918 John Gretton Conservative
1943 by-election John Frederic Gretton Conservative
1945 Arthur Lyne Labour
1950 Arthur Colegate Conservative
1955 John Jennings Conservative
Feb. 1974 Ivan Lawrence Conservative
1997 Janet Dean Labour
Janet Dean has announced she will be standing down at the next election.

Election results

1997 Election (Lab gain from Con)

Lab 27810 Con 21480 LD 4617 ND 604

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